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kevin.mayorga    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

5 Deep-Cut Foo Fighters Songs

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I will give you all some songs that can be considered deep-cuts or underrated by Foo Fighters. These songs may help you get some better insight of the band, so I recommend them to you all to take a listen. 

As stated in my previous article of this series, these are my personal views, and I will try to stray away from singles/hits unless they are absolutely necessary!

1. "Breakout" - There Is Nothing Left To Lose (Released: 1999)

First song to start off is a single! That's funny isn't it? I absolutely recommend this song as a deep-cut due to the song's availability. By availability, I mean how the song can be accessed and sort of accepted by anyone who is into rock music. 

Dave Grohl, the vocalist and rhythm guitarist , spoke for the band, saying that the third album effort is, "totally based on melody", and that it, 

"Might be his favorite album they've ever done." 

This is one of the songs like "Everlong" that will scorch the name Foo Fighters into your brain. During this album, they recently kicked out Franz Stahl who was the lead guitarist; this in turn, made the band a trio of Dave, Nate Mendel on bass guitar, and Taylor Hawkins on drums. 

This song sticks out and will stick in your head. It will give you a great picture of Foo Fighters' direction after their second and most well-known album, The Colour And The Shape.

2. "Halo" - One by One (Released: 2002)

This is the first out of two songs off this album that I am recommending. There have been a lot of tensions to make this fourth album, being the first one new lead guitarist Chris Shiflett plays in. 

"Halo" starts off like a familiar Tom Petty or Cheap Trick kind of song, something that's down south and rocking. Overall the song feels as if the band continues with the same melodic path from their third album. 

I've talked with my friend, who's a huge Foo Fighters fan, about this album, and he stated that, 

"Not a lot of people focus on this album a lot"

I personally think that even with the hits off this album, it's most likely forgotten at times due to its heavier and aggressive sound. To prove that, the next song is my evidence. 

3. "Low" - One by One (Released: 2002)

Two songs off the same album? Oh, how ever will I be able to showcase the band's discography if I focus on one album? Well, listen to this song to understand how the band overcame their tensions after putting this album to the side. 

They still maintained their melodic approach, but added the thoughts of how everything would sound when they played live. This song is such an anomaly in my ears that it's one of my favorites. 

Taylor's drumming really shines on this track, filling the spaces, creating such a packet that allows the guitars to experiment and dance around. 

It's very reminiscent to "Brainstorm" by Arctic Monkeys. Maybe that's why it doesn't surprise me that it was released as a single. Surprise to y'all!

4. "Enough Space" - The Colour And The Shape (Released: 1997)

I find the intro so cool in how it reverberates using the guitar's effect. I really want to recreate that sound somehow. Anyone know the effect used? The bass line on this song keeps us hooked to remember that specific line. The way Dave sings in the chorus definitely shows us all that Nirvana leftover influence he was using. 

Plus, the song being in 6/8 time signature makes it such a great tune to count to. It's also the group's first album AS a band. The very first Foo Fighters was recorded by Dave Grohl himself. All instruments and everything (besides Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs playing a guitar in "X-Static")! 

With Dave having more time, more confidence, and more hands, they gave birth to a phenomenal sophomore record. This song just shows how Dave doesn't need to try and make hits to make songs sound like hits!

5. "Sean" - Saint Cecilia EP (Released: 2015)

This EP was,

"Initially intended as a sign of gratitude to the group's fans, the EP was also dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris." (via here and here)

Immediately my favorite off this whole EP when I listened to it was this song. It's such a fast-paced rock 'n' roll song with a quirky chorus. I can see the band just jamming and crewing around with this song. 

I would personally say this is one of the best tracks they have made in these recent years that had such a quirkiness, yet such a mature and refined tone. I cannot stop listening to it as I type!

I included a lot more hits this time because that's what Foo Fighters are known for. They have some killer hits, and it would be a shame to not consider them deep-cuts. I obviously didn't touch the biggest ones, because that's some easy research for you. 

But I know what some might be thinking now,

"Woah Kevin, you covered all of the early Foo Fighters, but no love for the later eras?" 

The reasoning is because I'm pretty sure Wasting Light was an amazing album that garnered enough fans to appreciate the later stuff. These guys are hit-machines! The majority of their discography runs deep and pure, but there are plateaus with these later albums. 

Yes, the band has explored more grounds in production and styles when making new albums. However, I'm not saying In Your Honor and Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace don't deserve a deeper look. 

All I'm saying that for a quick, basic review of the band's history, certain points are more historic than others. That being said, here are a couple more songs to check out if you don't believe me: 

Off of In Your Honor: "No Way Back", "The Last Song", "Free Me", "Another Round", and "Virginia Mood"

Off of E,S,P,G: "Erase/Replace", "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Makeup Is Running)", "Statues", and "Come Alive".

Thanks for reading everyone! What is your favorite Foo Fighters song?

kevin.mayorga
Kevin Mayorga is a musician and a music nerd, always looking to expand his knowledge. He also enjoys video games on the side, with a dash of philosophy and food.
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